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    Josohana is offline Newbie
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    Is "It was not until ... that anyone..." right?

    Nobody could leave until 2.30
    => It was not until 2.30 that everyone could leave.

    I was taught this way of conversion. However, I remember reading "It was not until 2.30 that anyone could leave" but i'm not so sure about it. Could you please tell me whether we could use 'anyone' in this case?

    Thank you so much!

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    Re: Is "It was not until ... that anyone..." right?

    Welcome to Using English.

    In that sentence, only 'anyone' is correct.

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    Re: Is "It was not until ... that anyone..." right?

    @Rover: Thanks for giving me the answer. Would you mind explain the reason to me please? I need to make it clear to my friend, too.

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    Re: Is "It was not until ... that anyone..." right?

    It is saying that not a single person (anyone) could leave before 2.30.

    On reflection, 'everyone' is OK, too.

    After 2.30, everybody was able to leave.

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    Re: Is "It was not until ... that anyone..." right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    On reflection, 'everyone' is OK, too.
    I don't think it is.

    It wasn't until 2.30 that anyone could leave - Nobody could leave until 2.30. (The original)

    It was not until 2.30 that everyone could leave. - Possibly some people could leave before 2.30.

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